The Arizona Wildcats reported to fall camp today, 34 days ahead of kickoff. Head coach Rich Rodriguez is hoping to soon forget Arizona's tumultuous 2016 season.
"To say that you can't erase the bad feeling from last year until you win games this year," says Rodriguez. It should be painful and we should have a chip on our shoulder all they way through the season but I think our guys will do that just judging on how spring went, summer workouts. But there's no question we've got a lot to prove. Starting with the coaching staff and I'm anxious to start proving it."
The Wildcats held a team workout today, and the first official practice will take place Monday evening. Rich Rod spoke at length with the media including the Wildcats having one of the strongest walk on classes, adjusting to a roster with 50 new players as well as his dislike for the NCAA rule change voting system.
Junior wide receiver, Shun Brown, who is expected to be the teams breakout receiver also chimed in saying " We see the outside stuff, and a lot of people sleeping on us right now, but during the season we're gonna wake them up."
Much of this teams success this year will depend on the health of the running backs. If healthy, the 1-2 punch of JJ Taylor and Nick Wilson could be a force in the backfield.
Arizona's first game is against NAU on September 2nd and 8:00pm.